As a Realtor® I’ve watched some homes increase in value by 50% in 2 years
While this is great for the homeowners who benefitted, on a community-wide scale this is preventing first-time homebuyers, young families, and low-income earners from achieving the American Dream. Our population is expected to double in the next 20-30 years, so we will need solutions to provide affordable housing options to our residents.
As of March 25, 2020 the median price in District 6 (Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy) for all active homes is $695,000. Many people would not be able to afford their home at today’s prices.
In preparation of public service, I earned a certificate in Smart City Design from MIT
I learned that we need to completely re-think our patterns of development. By building smaller homes, with greater density, in the correct locations, with adequate infrastructure, we can solve housing affordability and transportation congestion simultaneously.
However, current Euclidian zoning is outdated and slow. I will bring my knowledge of data-oriented solutions and real-time algorithmic modeling to launch Salt Lake County and its cities into the next era of sustainable growth.
I will invest in data-oriented solutions, new technology, research, and green building solutions to handle our housing crisis.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
One of the problems is that we are running out of land. A solution for this is the building of ADUs. These are separate buildings, or basement apartments, that can be rented out.
Their benefits are many, and include: increased property values, decreased rent in desirable locations, increased public transit viability, increased spending in the local economy, and job growth.
Unfortunately, cities like Cottonwood Heights do not allow ADUs. I will work to create the best ordinances for ADUs as a strategy to deal with our inevitable population growth.
*Photo credit: SLC Planning